Morris County Woman Finds Her “A-Ha” Moment at K. Hovnanian’s® Four Seasons at Monroe
Monroe Township, NJ, February 2017 – Jackie Sommers had been looking for a 55+ active-lifestyle community in New Jersey for nearly three years when she stumbled upon K. Hovnanian’s®Four Seasons at Monroe, a popular new neighborhood in Middlesex County. Sommers was living in a three-floor townhouse in Morris County and had reached the point where she was ready for a change. It just took some time to find the right place, as she explained.
“I was looking for that ‘A-Ha’ moment – when you walk in and just know you’ve found the right place,” Jackie shared. “I had looked all over the state and visited at least 90% of the communities in Monroe, but I just wasn’t getting that feeling anywhere. So I had stopped actively looking. Then one day, my friend Melanie had the day off and said to me, ‘Let’s go look at some homes.’ We drove down to Monroe and just happened to see the sign for K. Hovnanian’s® Four Seasons at Monroe. We figured, why not go have a look?”
It was a decision that changed everything. K. Hovnanian’s® Four Seasons at Monroe is a new active-lifestyle community that offers impressive home designs with open floorplans, an ideal location, and of course, a low-maintenance lifestyle – everything Jackie Sommers was looking for. But she was still holding out for that “A-Ha” moment.
“There were only two models open at the time,” Jackie continued. “We walked into the first one, which was very nice, but not quite what I was looking for. Then we walked into the second home, an Ibiza model. Melanie walked in before me and immediately turned around and just waited and watched as I walked into the space. I guess I should never play poker because my face gives everything away! I walked into the Great Room, turned around 360 degrees, and knew I had my ‘A-Ha’ moment at last. It was the best house I had ever seen and I knew I was home.”
K. Hovnanian’s® Four Seasons at Monroe is impressing a lot of people these days, beginning with the single-family home designs. This is the first time that any of these eleven floorplans have been offered at a community in New Jersey. The homes offer from 1,791 to 3,492 square feet of comfortable living space, with one or two-story designs that include two bedrooms, two to three-and-a-half baths, two-car garages, spectacular designer kitchens, and deluxe interiors that include dramatic nine- or ten-foot ceilings, with exquisite touches and finishes throughout. Pricing for the homes, which is subject to change, starts from the low-$400s.
The Ibiza design, which Jackie chose, is a single-story home that offers approximately 2,002 square feet of comfortable living space, including a luxurious owner’s suite, and a well-appointed laundry/mud room with ample storage. “I immediately loved everything about it – the style, the floorplan,” she commented. “I was ready for a home with everything on one floor. Steps were becoming a bit of an issue for me with a three-floor home. And I’m so glad to have someplace where they take care of all the outside maintenance.”
Jackie’s next step was to win over her daughter and grandson, she reflected. “They came back with me to look at it and as soon as we walked in, my grandson said, ‘This is it, Grammie, this is it! You’re buying this. I can help you move this weekend!’ He loved everything about it and I had no doubts at all after that!”
K. Hovnanian’s® Four Seasons at Monroe is ideally located in central Jersey, providing easy access for visits to or from Jackie’s daughter and grandson, who live in Nutley. The community is very close to the NJ Turnpike, Routes 1, 18, 33 and 130. There is a nearby Park-and-Ride and a NJ Transit® station at Princeton Junction. The township also offers many local amenities and attractions, including 18 county parks, a variety of golf courses, and many major shopping centers and fine restaurants. The Jersey shore is only a 20-minute drive away and Princeton is nearby, offering plenty of dining, educational, entertainment and cultural options. “It’s perfect for me,” Jackie said, “The area offers everything I need and I really like being close to Princeton. Everything is convenient and that was important for me, especially being by myself.”
Construction is commencing rapidly on the community’s clubhouse, an impressive two-story facility which will feature an outdoor pool, a kiddie pool for the grandchildren, an exercise room, and tennis, bocce and pickle ball courts. The clubhouse will also include a cocktail lounge, a kitchen with a café area, a covered patio and porch, and an area for aerobics, yoga and Pilates. Jackie is looking forward to socializing through book clubs, Mahjong, and other activities. But even before the clubhouse is open, she has had plenty of opportunities to meet new neighbors.
“Everyone is so nice,” she commented, “People in the community and in this area, they all talk to each other. It reminds me of the old days! It’s a very pleasant place to live – so welcoming and friendly, and we’re all at the same stage in life. I’ve met several other women who are by themselves, like me. In fact, I’m their go-to person at the moment – whenever they have another single lady looking who may have questions, they bring them by my house to chat. I’ve already been drafted as a community ambassador once the clubhouse is open!”
As one of the first four or five homeowners to move into K. Hovnanian’s Four Seasons at Monroe, Jackie Sommers was a pioneer of sorts. She put her deposit down on Halloween of 2015, shortly after visiting with her daughter and grandson, and moved into the neighborhood in July 2016. “I love it here,” she shared. “Once I was unpacked, I would just sit in my new living room and feel calm, not worried about anything. Everyone here has been so helpful, which is important for me, especially making this move on my own. Ruth Kreger, my sales representative, was perfect – never pushy, and always helpful. She told me, ‘Jackie, I think of you like a sister.’ Any time I had a question, or was feeling frustrated or impatient, she was there for me with good advice and great solutions. The adventure, it was just meant to be. This is probably one of the best decisions I’ve made for myself in many years.”
Visit K. Hovnanian’s Four Seasons at Monroe to discover the appealing homes, ideal location, and exceptional lifestyle that is attracting more and more 55+ buyers every week. If you have children, ask about the community’s “family-friendly” policy, which allows adult children age 19+ to live at home with their parents – ideal for residents with older children who would like to live at home post-college or for families with millennial kids in transition. All homes within the community are subject to an age restriction whereby the homes are restricted to use and occupancy by at least one person of age 55 years or over, and with no permanent resident being under the age of 19. Despite these restrictions, the developer may sell up to 15% of the homes where at least one occupant is between the ages of 50 and 54.
The sales office and model homes at K. Hovnanian’s Four Seasons at Monroe are open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. For directions or more information, call 1-800-873-0902. You may also learn more about the new community online at khov.com/Monroe.
ABOUT HOVNANIAN ENTERPRISES®, INC.:
Hovnanian Enterprises, Inc., founded in 1959 by Kevork S. Hovnanian, is headquartered in Red Bank, New Jersey. The Company is one of the nation’s largest homebuilders with operations in Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and West Virginia. The Company’s homes are marketed and sold under the trade names K. Hovnanian® Homes, Brighton Homes® and Parkwood Builders. As the developer of K. Hovnanian’s® Four Seasons communities, the Company is also one of the nation’s largest builders of active lifestyle communities.
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